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"In Focus" With Shugo Tokumaru


Toyko, Japan's Shugo Tokumaru is a rapidly rising star in his own country, and with his anticipated showcase at South By Southwest (SXSW) next month, perhaps worldwide. Tokumaru started playing the piano at age five, and has been immersed in the music world since then. His ardent fans await his releases with unbridled enthusiasm. 

The latest CD is "In Focus?" a rich, multi layered musical journey, featuring a huge assortment of sounds and instruments. Every aspect of this release is completely the work of the artist, who performs all the instruments himself. He works in splendid isolation, with his thoughts and melodies bumping against each other, and drawing inspiration from his own dreams, we enter a magical sphere of another world.

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Deirdre as born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and her first paid work was at the age of 10 with the BBC as an actress on "Children's Hour." She continued to perform regularly on radio and stage for the next eight years, at which point she was informed by her parents that theater was not an option and she needed "real" work.